Archive for May, 2009

Board to consider budget amendment

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 5:27 am

The Marion County Board of Supervisors will consider the adoption of a county budget amendment for the 2008-09 fiscal year at their meeting at 9:30 in the Marion County Courthouse.  The Board will also consider approving a federal aide agreement for the completion of a bridge project to replace the bridge over the Union Pacific railroad on Virginia Street, among other issues.

Council to discuss Bos Landen

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 5:27 am

Bos Landen is the subject of a special meeting tonight of the Pella City Council. According to the agenda, the council will hold a public hearing on the ground lease agreement for Bos Landen Golf Course with R&R Management Company. They’ll also consider a new Class C liquor license with Sunday sales and outdoor service for Bos Landen. The Pella City Council meets at 7:00 p.m. at the Public Safety Complex.

Board to receive report on test scores

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 5:25 am

The Knoxville School Board will receive a report on student standardized tests at their meeting at 6:30 in the administration building.  The Board is also set to approve an agreement for football field repair specifications, among other issues.

Firefighters respond to alarm at PRHC

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 5:25 am

The Pella Fire Department responded to a report of a general fire alarm at Pella Regional Health Center early this morning. Assistant Fire Chief Joel Braafhart says the cause of the alarm was mechanical and there was no fire. Crews were on the scene for about 25 minutes.

City reiterates grass clipping policy

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 5:24 am

Knoxville‘s grass clipping policy was one of the topics brought up during last week’s Coffee with the Mayor.  Knoxville Community Service Officer Arlene Worrall reminds residents to not discharge grass clippings on city streets.  She says residents can benefit themselves and the city by removing the clippings from their own property—because if grass clippings get in the streets, they can clog street drains and interfere with city equipment. 

Board to consider more athletic complex improvements

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 5:24 am

The Pella School Board will consider bids for concrete and storm sewer improvements at the athletic complex at their meeting tonight. In other business, the board is scheduled to consider bids on a new concession stand and consider polling sites for the school board election. The superintendent is also scheduled to deliver an update on construction projects. The Pella School Board meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Administration Office.

Boswell staff member to be in Pleasantville

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 5:23 am

A member of Congressman Leonard Boswell’s staff will be in Pleasantville for open office hours.  Sources tell KNIA/KRLS News that Jeff Hall will be at the Smokey Row in Pleasantville from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., for individuals having difficulty with a governmental agency, who have suggestions for Boswell or who would like to share their concerns. 

Job market poses challenges for new graduates

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 5:23 am

The current job market has college students being more creative with their job searches. Pat Joachim Kitzman is the director of the career center at Central College. She says in this job market it’s important for students to network and apply for a variety of occupations. Kitzman says they’ve already had some success stories. For instance, several students were hired as entry-level loan processors due to the amount of mortgages being refinanced. She adds that a couple of students have even taken positions abroad.

Historic Preservation Commission to host Lake Red Rock program

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 5:22 am

The Knoxville Historic Preservation Commission is proud to be hosting a program Thursday by Will Prather on “Historic Towns of Lake Red Rock.”  That’s according to commission co-chair Tom Schmeh.  He says the event is free and open-to-the-public, and will be the second in a series of monthly programs relating to the history and heritage of Knoxville.  The presentation will be held Thursday from 7 until 8 p.m. in the Knoxville Public Library.

Celebrating Beef Month

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 5:22 am

May is Beef Month in the state of Iowa. Heather Bandstra is with the Marion County Cattleman’s Association. She says the beef industry has a substantial impact on the area economy. The Iowa Cattleman’s Association estimates that more than 19,000 animals are marketed in Marion County, according to Bandstra. She describes the cattle market as steady without major swings in recent years.

Accident Near Bussey

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 6:48 am



One person was transported to a local hospital with apparent non-life threatening injuries as the result of a near head-on collision near Bussey Sunday. The accident occurred on Story about 1/2 mile north of G-76. One vehicle was following another on the gravel road, and dust obscuring the second vehicle from a vehicle approaching from the other direction resulted in a collision. Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies and Bussey Fire and Rescue were on the scene within minutes.

Today is Memorial Day

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 5:42 am

This is Memorial Day and all non-essential city and county governmental organizations are closed, as well as the postal service.  Area veteran’s organizations had multiple events over the weekend and have more events planned Monday to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. 

Groups mark Memorial Day

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 5:41 am

The VFW Post 5242, American Legion Post 89 and American Legion 89 Auxiliary gathered Sunday afternoon to remember those who’ve sacrificed in the name of freedom. The organizations hold a service each Memorial Day Weekend at the Pella Memorial Building. The guest speaker this year was Rev. Jack McCullough of Monroe. Dick Redman of Pella played taps at the end of the service.

Board to consider budget amendment

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 5:40 am

The Marion County Board of Supervisors wil consider the adoption of a county budget amendment for the 2008-09 fiscal year at their meeting Tuesday morning at 9:30 in the Marion County Courthouse.  The Board will also consider approving a federal aide agreement for the completion of a bridge project to replace the bridge over the UP railroad on Virginia Street, among other issues.

Former public works director accepts Norwalk position

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 5:39 am

The former city of Pella public works director has accepted a job with Norwalk. Tim Hoskins says he’s looking forward to returning to the public works field as it’s an opportunity to make a difference on an almost daily basis and very few jobs offer that. Hoskins says he’ll start his new position as public works director for the city of Norwalk June 15. He spent over nine years with the city of Pella.

School board to meet Tuesday

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 5:38 am

The Knoxville School Board will receive a report on student standardized tests at their meeting Tuesday evening at 6:30 in the administration building.  The Board is also set to approve an agreement for football field repair specifications, among other issues.

Aquatic Center opens today

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 5:35 am

Officials expect another strong season for attendance at the Pella Outdoor Aquatic Center. Aquatics Supervisor Jan Bensink says economic conditions and gas prices may cause people to take shorter trips, which could mean even greater attendance numbers from neighboring communities. Last year over 55,800 people used the facility from June 1 – August 31, according to statistics compiled by the aquatics department. The Aquatic Center opens at 1 p.m. today.

Streetscape committee seeks ideas for mini park

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 5:27 am

The Knoxville Streetscape Committee is looking at turning the old Costal Mart property into a mini-park.  That’s according to committee co-chair Jody Meyer.  She says the Knoxville Federated Garden Club has been asked to submit ideas for the mini-park.  Meyer says that all ideas from residents are also welcome, and to call her at 828-0550 for more information.  All ideas must be submitted by June 12th, and the committee will then examine the ideas during their meeting June 16th. 

Student senate donates to college

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 5:25 am

The Central College Student Senate is giving $15,000 back to the college in light of the economic climate. According to Central, the Student Senate voted unanimously to make a one-time gift of $15,000 toward the Central Fund, which supports the day-to-day operations of the college. Sources say the funding of the gift will be drawn from the senate’s capital expenditures account.

Local athletes excel at state meet

Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 5:24 am

The Pleasantville boys four-by-400 meter relay team won the state championship in class one-A Saturday.  The team of Eric Persoon, Bryan Koerselman, Connor Cummings, and Travis Duffield won in a time of 3:27.34.  That makes six state titles brought home to Marion County by high school athletes at the State Meet this weekend.  Knoxville's Kyle Crossett won the boys long jump, Pella's Brooke Gritters won the girls shot put, Twin Cedars' Lindsay Hoehns won the high jump and long jump, and Pleasantville won the boys four-by-200 meter relay.